Australian College of Optometry Advanced Certificate in Children's Vision (ACO-ACCV)




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Course Description

The Australian College of Optometry's Advanced Certificate in Children's Vision is an online certificate course which is a highly focused and clinically advanced course following an evidence based approach.
The next course will commence 27 January 2020

The Advanced Certificate in Children’s Vision is designed to update and extend the working knowledge gained in undergraduate level optometry.

This course begins with a broad overview, integrating perspectives on developing a critical appraisal mindset, interdisciplinary relationships within the area, epidemiology, ocular and post-natal development and fundamental insights in relation to paediatric refraction via existing guidelines. The course proceeds to build on the fundamentals by analysing diagnosis and management of normal and abnormal binocular vision from several different practitioner perspectives. The latest evidence based perspectives and expert opinion on amblyopia and strabismus diagnosis and management (optometric, orthoptic and ophthalmic perspectives), nystagmus, vision therapy, visual perception and learning related visual problems are explored by leaders in the field. The ACO had the privilege in working with the Royal Children’s Hospital in developing some of the lecture content so you will also view lectures from educational psychologists and orthoptists. Myopia control and management and paediatric ocular disease finalise the didactic curriculum.

Additionally, invaluable skills are acquired through local clinical placements in Australia and New Zealand. By the end of the course, optometrists will be have grown the knowledge and skills to approach the specialty with renewed confidence in diagnosis and management of their paediatric patients!

Features of the Certificate Suitable For

The ACO-ACCV is a remote learning course that offers a flexible style of learning with:

  • Self-paced independent learning 
  • Flexible delivery comprising online lectures and demonstration videos
  • E-learning materials
  • 68 CPD points for re-registration purposes in Australia / 40G points for New Zealand (tbc)
  • Local clinical experience within Australia and/or New Zealand (20 hours)
  • Post-nominals upon completion of the full course
  • High level of support provided by the ACO
  • Cost effective
  • Optometrists wishing to extend their depth of knowledge in paediatric optometry

  • Ideal for rural or remote optometrists and those balancing work and family commitments

  • Optometrists who wish to differentiate their practice by introducing a speciality into their practice

ACCV Frequently Asked Questions

Course Dates

The next course will commence on 27 January 2020. To register for this course download the Registration Form.


Entry Requirements

To enter the course, candidates must be a graduate of optometry and registered in Australia or New Zealand. Course enquiries from overseas applicants or optometrists with limited registration should be directed to the Course Program Manager-  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Optometrists are recommended to have a minimum of six months' general practice experience prior to commencing the course.

2020 Fees 

Course Fees (Includes GST) AUS (Inc GST) NZ (Ex GST)*
ACO Member $2,453 $2,230
ACO Non Member $3,135 $2,850

 *GST not applicable when completing course in New Zealand

Withdrawal from the Course and Fee Refund

  1. Notification of a candidate's intention to withdraw must be made in writing. Confirmation of receipt of this notification will be given by the ACO.
  2. Candidates will receive a full refund for withdrawals received prior to Friday 27th December, 2019, less $250 administration fee. 
  3. Fees wil not be refunded for withdrawals received after 27th December 2019. 


The ACO-ACCV and Continuing Professional Development Credits

On successful completion of the ACO-ACCV, candidates who are registered to practice in Australia will be able to claim 68 CPD points for re–registration purposes.  40CD points will be allocated to optometrists registered to practice in New Zealand.

How to Apply

ACO Membership

ACO Membership is an annual subscription (January to December) available nationally and internationally, which provides access to a wide range of on-line learning options.

If you are currently not an ACO member and wish to avail yourself of the Member discount for ACO-ACCV, please submit your ACO Membership Application  with your ACO-ACCV Application.   

Contact Information

For all other information regarding applications, selection criteria, course content or assessment procedures, please contact:

Education Division
Telephone: +61 3 9349 7477
Facsimile: +61 3 9349 7559
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